Friendship Garden Nursery School

Our Teachers’ Bios

Please see our outstanding teacher bios below!

Katherine Kuusela, Director and Lead Teacher

Katherine Kuusela has 20 years of experience as an Early Childhood Educator and Researcher. She is Director and Lead Teacher Certified for Preschoolers, Toddlers and Infants. She has a Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology, specializing in Early Childhood Education Program Evaluation and Policy, as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She conducted her masters research on the quality of infant and toddler care in the Mid-Cape region and included an extensive literature review, qualitative data collection and analysis.

Katherine is certified in First Aide, CPR, Grant Writing and Research Ethics. When she is not at the school she works as a Realtor with Rand Atlantic in North Falmouth. She is married and has two wonderful children, Evelyn and Gunnar. Katherine is thrilled to be the Director at Friendship Garden Nursery School and excited to continue the tradition of excellence in our NAEYC Accredited program.

 

Jennifer Brady, Lead Teacher, Infant Room

Jennifer Brady is our infant teacher who came to us from South Carolina where she obtained her Early Childhood Credential. She spent 6 years at Creative Beginnings Child Development Center as an Infant Teacher before she moved here and joined our team at FGNS. Jennifer is married and has 3 children.

Hanna Tyser, Infant/Toddler Teacher

Hanna Tyser is our fun and lovable toddler teacher. Hanna has her Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and Art Education from Saint Michaels in Vermont. Before joining us she worked as a long term substitute in the Bourne Public School System, mostly with special needs students. She loves teaching the kids how to work with different art mediums and exploring methods of self-expression.

Megan Hightower-Sargent, Assistant Director, Lead Teacher, Young Preschool

Megan Hightower-Sargent is our Assistant Director and Young Preschool Lead Teacher. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and has 10 years of experience working in preschools with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. She is Director II Certified and is Lead Teacher Certified for Infant, Toddler and Preschool. Megan is married with one child, who graduated from FGNS. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our teaching team and we are so thrilled to have her here as our Lead Infant /Toddler Teacher.

 

Joanna Schmitt, Lead Teacher, Preschool

Joanna Schmitt came to us with over 12 years experience in the field. She is in her third year working toward a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and is Teacher Certified in Infant, Toddler and Preschool. Joanna is the mother of two wonderful school age children. We are so lucky to have such a convivial, nurturing and experienced Lead Preschool Teacher here to prepare our pre-kindergartners for their first year in Elementary School.

 

Patricia Oshman, Teacher, Preschool

Patricia Oshman has her Bachelor’s Degree and is working toward her Masters in special education. She has a wide range of experience as a Barnstable County Human Rights Commissioner, a CPR First Aide Instructor, a Community Action Committee employee, a Falmouth Public Schools Substitute Teacher, and a Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish interpreter. We are thrilled to have her working with our Pre-kindergarten kids with Ms. Joanna.

Jennifer Sullivan, Special Education Teacher

Jennifer Sullivan is our special education teacher. She loves to help children work through problems and provide them with the language and tools to help them thrive. She has a passion for instilling confidence, providing supportive and nurturing environments to enable children to flourish at their own pace. She works 1-on-1 with children when additional support is needed, and also teaches in our preschool classrooms.

Zoe Cann, Intern

Zoe Cann is our Intern from Falmouth High School. She provides kids with fun and engaging songs, stories and activities as she learns all about how to be a great teacher. She loves working with infants and toddlers and has been a wonderful addition to our team!

Volunteers

We have many other helping hands that round out our program. Join other volunteers by speaking with Katherine today.


Robin Hewitt Temple (Jones), Owner and Licensee

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Robin’s love for little ones stems from her family where she is the oldest of 6 children. Rather than resenting her younger siblings Robin stepped in as activities director and has never looked back. Now her siblings are spread out from the West Coast to Southern FL, she has one sister in Falmouth.

Robin is a graduate of Saint Joseph College (now University of Saint Joseph) in West Hartford, CT. She obtained her M.Ed from Wheelock College in Boston, MA. Robin is one of the original members of the Coalition for Children. She remains the recording secretary for the organization which provides free play and learn groups as well as literacy events around Falmouth. Robin has been interested in National Accreditation (NAEYC) since she attended a National Conference while still in college. Soon after opening Friendship Garden she perused accreditation for the center and has maintained this status.

Robin enjoys spending time with her husband, Victor. They enjoy being outdoors jogging, hiking, skiing and spending time with his grown children. August 2016 saw the birth of her first grandchild. She and her husband are currently enjoying an assignment in Fairbanks, AK.

Victor J. Temple, Chief Financial Officer

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Victor is the “business” behind the business. Originally from the NH seacoast he has a degree in invertebrate zoology and an MBA from the University of NH. Victor has started, turned around and developed companies and he owns SourcExperience, a foreign sourcing company specializing in stamped and machined components and he is currently working for The Black Gold Group in Fairbanks, AK.

He has two grown children, and as as of August 2016 can be proudly called Grandpa. His children and grandchild reside in NH. He enjoys shell fishing, reading and a good challenge.

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